Karen Tanzy, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who helps elders lead more vibrant, rewarding lives through creative expression and meaningful activities. As the founder of Aging With Creativity, Karen offers classes, film projects, and intergenerational activities to help elders integrate creative practices and enhance their quality of life. Dr. Tanzy’s background includes:
• PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology
• Psychology Internship at University of Washington, School of Medicine, Rehabilitation Psychology
• Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA
Learn more about Dr. Tanzy’s education and background by viewing her CV.
In My Own Words
I believe that when older people tap into their creativity, they enhance their own lives with joyful purpose and help to make the world a better place. It’s not just about doing “creative” activities, per se. It’s also about approaching all of life with a sense of creative engagement and curiosity.
As a young girl, I remember my parents hosting summer family reunions. I loved sitting on the front porch, listening to the older adults tell their stories and reflect on their lives. I learned history, values, and meaning from the tales shared by the older members of my family and community.
When my boys were in middle school, I was acutely aware of a lack of understanding among kids about what older people might be like. So I began, as a volunteer, organizing intergenerational projects with the school and local retirement centers. What I thought might have been a one-time event soon developed into an ongoing annual activity, bridging the generation gap with a sense of joy, laughter and greater understanding for all.
I started Aging with Creativity because I am creative! I love making things with my hands, taking art classes, playing the harp, gardening, and finding beauty in nature, especially big trees.
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
― Madeleine L’Engle